April 2019

Sterling and the Story That Won’t Go Away

Though accounts of alleged harassment and discrimination at Sterling Jewelers detailed in a recent New York Times story aren’t new, Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff is still listening.On Sunday, the cov... read more..

Here Are the Winners of JA’s 2019 CASE Awards

The jewelry design contest recognizes retail members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence.New York—Jewelers of America held the judging for its 29th annual CASE Awards for jewelry de... read more..

Gemstone Industry Loses One of Its Own in Sri Lanka Attacks

Monique Allen, wife of Crown Color’s Lewis Allen, was eating breakfast in their hotel when a bomb went off.Colombo, Sri Lanka—After news broke of several bombings across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, me... read more..

Mother’s Day Jewelry Spending Set to Increase, Says NRF

Shoppers are expected to spend $5.2 billion on jewelry this Mother’s Day, according to a recent survey.Washington, D.C.—Mother’s Day is swiftly approaching, with spending expected to reach a 16-year h... read more..

Sustainability Stories: Mine to Market with Moyo Gemstones

The first in a new series from Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator highlights a program bringing tracked gems from women miners in Tanzania to market and improving mining along the way.The challenges as... read more..

John Hardy CEO Robert Hanson Steps Down

Chief Revenue Officer Kareen Gahed will take over while Hanson serves as a non-executive chairman of the board.New York—John Hardy CEO Robert Hanson is stepping down, the luxury jeweler announced Thur... read more..

Botswana’s Karowe Mine Yields Another Huge Stone

It weighs 1,758 carats and is described as being “near-gem of variable quality.”Letlhakane, Botswana—Lucara Diamond Corp. announced last Thursday that it found a 1,758-carat piece of rough at the same... read more..

Avengers-Inspired Jewelry Is a Thing Now

And a legitimate thing at that, with pieces paying tribute to the film created by none other than Irene Neuwirth.If you’re not a fan of the ever more ubiquitous superhero film (guilty as charged), you... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

A retailer’s expansion, WJA Award Honorees, and a Beverly Hills “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” moment were among last week’s jewelry news headlines.New York—Here are five of last week’s jewelry news headlin... read more..

Trabert & Hoeffer to Close Last-Standing Store

The store, which is located in Chicago, will put a portion of its inventory up for auction ahead of its closing in June.Chicago—Trabert & Hoeffer is set to close its last-standing location in Chic... read more..

Argyle Mine Produces a 29-Carat White Diamond

Rio Tinto unearthed the rare gem-quality white at the mine notable for its pink diamonds.Melbourne, Australia—Rio Tinto unearthed a large, gem-quality white diamond at the mine notable for its pinks.T... read more..

Richline’s Gemvara Adds Lab-Grown Diamonds to Ring Builder

A major retailer also is testing the platform, and Richline said it plans to expand to more retailers later this year.New York—Gemvara, the e-commerce site for custom jewelry owned by Richline Group, ... read more..

Piece of the Week: ERA Jewelry’s Sapphire Earrings

A tonal variety of pink sapphires bring to mind a spring bouquet.Spring has sprung, and as nature delivers its most vibrant shades, jewelry designers also break out their most colorful pieces.Perhaps ... read more..

Zoe Chicco Launches Online Charm Builder

In time for Mother’s Day, customers can create personalized trinkets for themselves or loved ones.Los Angeles—Zoe Chicco has long been a purveyor of charms and sentimental jewelry, and now she’s takin... read more..

Jewelers Mutual Plans Transition to Mutual Holding Company

The Wisconsin insurance commissioner and company policyholders must approve the plan in order for it to move forward.Neenah, Wis.—Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is planning to transition to a mutua... read more..

Lessons Learned from the Fire on Chicago’s Jewelers Row

One year after a fire ripped through the Mallers Building, Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff catches up with Jewelers Mutual to talk takeaways from the three-alarm blaze.In the early-morning hours of Apr... read more..

Royal Chain Targets the ‘Influencer’ Generations

The supplier has launched a minimalist, low-price collection with millennials and Gen Z in mind.New York—Royal Chain is targeting millennials and Gen Z with a new collection, and it’s not trying to be... read more..

FBI Nabs Suspect Wanted in 2014-2015 Smash-and-Grab Spree

Arthur Berry Jr. allegedly led a group that conducted jewelry store smash-and-grabs across six states.Detroit—A man wanted since 2015 in connection with a smash-and-grab robbery spree that spanned six... read more..

Here Are the 2019 WJA Awards for Excellence Recipients

A magazine editor-in-chief, a jewelry brand president and a manufacturing executive are set to be honored this summer.New York—Last year, the Women’s Jewelry Association revamped its Awards for Excell... read more..

Alrosa Unearths 118-Carat Diamond

The diamond may be named “Zarya” to commemorate the opening of Alrosa’s new mine.Moscow—Alrosa has discovered a rough diamond weighing 118.91 carats, the Russian miner announced Tuesday. It’s the lar... read more..

Document Outlining Cutting of Cullinan Headed to Auction

Estimated to sell for between $2,600 and $3,900, the lot also includes a paste replica of the rough diamond and its resulting cut stones.London—A history buff could soon be the owner of the original d... read more..

Mémoire Adds 2 Territory Managers to Team

Cathy Marsh and Kristen Scheibel joined the company to handle the Midwest and Northeast, respectively.Boston—Two industry veterans have joined Mémoire as territory managers, the company announced Mond... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: Why Music Matters in Jewelry Stores

It triggers happiness, relaxes people and might even get them to spend a little bit more, Peter Smith writes.My wife Sherry and I went to see Frankie Valli in concert this past weekend. The 84-year-ol... read more..

Emerald with Ties to Catherine the Great Headed to Christie’s

The 76-carat gemstone is headlining the auction house’s Magnificent Jewels Geneva sale next month.Geneva—Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May and, fittingly, next month an emerald with a spe... read more..

Tiffany to Open Beverly Hills Pop-Up Restaurant in May

The iconic New York retailer is opening a pop-up restaurant on Rodeo Drive just before Mother’s Day.Los Angeles—Tiffany & Co is opening a pop-up restaurant in Beverly Hills next month, just in tim... read more..

Sissy’s Log Cabin Breaks Ground on New Arkansas Store

It will be the well-known retailer’s fourth store in the state and fifth overall.Little Rock, Ark.—Well-known retailer Sissy’s Log Cabin is expanding. The company broke ground last week on its new lo... read more..

Retailer Hall of Fame Past Honorees

Since 1989, National Jeweler’s "Retailer Hall of Fame," has recognized jewelers who have inspired their peers and made significant contributions to jewelry retailing. See our past honorees below. 201... read more..

4 Takeaways From My First Conclave

Associate Editor Lenore Fedow recaps the lessons she learned in Seattle at her first AGS Conclave.I recently returned from my first American Gem Society Conclave, and now I’m here to write my first bl... read more..

The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond Is Back

Now, the stone weighs 9.3 carats and is internally flawless.New York—The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond failed to sell at auction in 2016, but now it’s found a new life. The actress’ father purchased th... read more..

Alrosa Reports Slow Q1, Opens New Mine

The mining company’s rough diamond sales dropped in the first quarter as the market was “weaker than usual.” Moscow—Alrosa’s rough diamond sales dropped in the first quarter, with the mining company n... read more..
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